Anas platyrhynchos domestica

Common Names: American Pekin duck, Pekin duck, Long Island duck, Domestic duck
Category: Birds
Sub-category: Ducks, Geese, & Swans

A breed of the Domesticated duck, which is a sub-species of the Mallard duck. It is bred primarily for egg and meat production. In 1873 nine ducks were exported from China to Long Island, New York. It is the now the most popular commercial duck breed in the United States and around 95% of duck meat consumed in the United States is Pekin duck. Pekin ducks are very intelligent, and are capable of life-long strong and loyal bonds with humans, and often then prefer human company over the company of other ducks.

Typically found on ponds and lakes, often mixed with other mallard ducks.

Edible Notes: Duck meat is edible. Farm-raised domestic duck is commonly available in supermarkets in Connecticut and is a good alternative. Duck meat (domestic) is a common dish in Asian restaurants, especially Thai cuisine.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.